SPA-W vs CAN-W Dream 11 Team: Spain and Canada fight it out for the glistening trophy in a final befitting of the summit clash in the concluding leg of the tournament
Spain Vs Canada Final FIH Women’s Series Final Best Dream 11 Team
Placed together in Pool A and finding themselves end their pool in first and second place respectively, in Canada and Spain we have two well deserved finalists of the Spain leg of the FIH Women’s Series Final. The final tournament from the bedlam of the women’s hockey fraternity to decide our final two spots for the Japan 2020 Olympic Qualifiers sees the two exquisite teams take on each other today to decide who walks away with the glistening trophy under their arms.
Having assured themselves of a spot in the qualifying tournament slated for later this year, today’s showpiece summit clash is all about stamping their authority on the international stage. While Spain were heavily billed to make it this far, its Canada who have emerged as one of the biggest surprise package of the marquee event.
Coming in with a ranking of 21, much wasn’t expected from a side who still have relatively less experience outside of their region. However, they have emerged as one of the most scrumptious sides of the league, pummelling teams apart with a 7-0 win over Italy in the semi-finals which emphasises the immense ascendancy the team is on.
Elsewhere while Spain entered the third leg of the tournament as the highest ranked team with a world ranking of number 7, the performances haven’t quite bespoken that. Although they tore apart Belarus and Namibia, they were made to do it the hard way against Wales and South Africa in their knock-out stage encounters, something which will see Canada eye their chances of registering a win here.
Despite their being a huge disparity of 14 ranking places in between them, Canada won’t allow that to hinder their performance. The last time these two sides met, everything had ended at parity with the teams sharing the points after their pool stage match culminated at 1-1.
Expect the same edge of the seat thriller to be contested today with Spain’s defence up against a Canada attack that has scored a momentous 28 goals in their 4 matches up till now. At a staggering 7 goals per match, they top the charts for goal scoring and will be looking to seamlessly blend in function with grace today as well.
For us, Canada win this one purely on the basis of their attack and the fact that they have players contributing from all quarters. Despite making it this far, Spain have been far from their best and we see them being put down by Canada today.
Goal-Keeper for SPA-W vs CAN-W Dream 11
The Spain shot stopper took precedence over her compatriot for this one after her solid display against South Africa. She ensured the Africans weren’t able to open their account, seeing the one goal scored by her side enough to take them through and that is what makes Maria Ruiz our pick for this one.
Defenders for SPA-W vs CAN-W Dream 11
The reason for Span’s compelling success is the boisterous form of their defensive unit which has over the curse of their last couple of matches only upped its ante. Lola Riera made a foray into our playing 11 with closed eyes given her immense repertoire of defending and attacking skills which have seen her emerge as one of the finest players in the league.
She’s scored five goals in total, the highest by any player from her team and is bound to be a rich bagful of points today as well. We have decided to pair her with Clara Ycart, a defender whose willingness to sit back and hold fort has allowed Riera to go on her marching runs.
It’s a two woman partnership from Canada as well with us seeing the two sides to fight it out in a skirmish at the back. Just like Reira, Sara McManus has five goals to her name as well, defender who resonates the same pristine artillery of skills as her counterpart.
She comes in without second thoughts while her partner on the day will be the experienced Karli Johansen, another exuberant attacking minded defender.
Midfielders for SPA-W vs CAN-W Dream 11
Only the single player from Spain finds a place in our side for this one with us selecting Lucia Jimenez. Meanwhile, Canada heavily dominate this segment of our side with us roping in a duo of midfielders from their line-up after the way their side succeeded and exhilarated under their tutelage yesterday.
From the pivot in come Rachel Donohoe and Natalie Sourisseau. One of the vital reasons for their side’s unprecedented showing at the frontier event has been the versatility their midfielders have offered, not only defending successfully but contributing to the attacking side of the game as well.
Forwards for SPA-W vs CAN-W Dream 11
Two sides, 9 matches in between them and a colossal 49 goals in them. With 28, Canada sit on top of the standings for goals scored while Spain come in second with a mammoth 21. It’s a figure which made it extremely tantalising for us to pick up the entire trio of attackers and we have done just that with Brienne Stairs coming into our side as the first choice.
With 6 field goals and the one penalty corner to her name, she’s not only her side’s but the tournament’s top scorer as well and is bound to add to the tally today. Nikki Woodcroft will be paired up alongside her while from Spain we have Petchame coming in.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Lola Reira is our captain for this one while from Canada its Stairs who is selected as the vice-captain.
FIH Women’s Series Final
Match: Spain Vs Canada Final
Date And Time: 27th June, Thursday- 8:15pm IST
Venue: Estadio Betero, Valencia